COUGAR MEN BATTLING TO GET TO THE .500 MARK UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP

Trent Elliott launches a 3-pointer for IU Kokomo. (SJ photo/William Gibson)

The Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team inched closer to the .500 mark after a 99-78 victory over Midway University on the road in Kentucky. The Cougars stand 3-2 in River States Conference action following the win.

At 3:04 into the first half, the Eagles saw its final lead of the game (5-4) before a two-pointer from Eddie Miles propelled IU Kokomo to a lead that they grew for the rest of the contest. The Cougars were a strong force on offense, hitting 50.6-percent of its shots including 10 for 23 from 3-point range. IUK also outrebounded Midway 46-33.

“This was the most complete game we have played up to this point in the season,” said first-year

IUK head coach Tom Church. “We had a great week of practice and it definitely carried over to today.”

Leading the offensive attack was all-time leading scorer Trent Elliott, who had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Also posting 19 points, Durante Lee went 8 for 8 from the field and 3 for 4 from the charity stripe. Antoin Clifton, Eddie Miles and Akil McClain each put up 11 points.

Kokomo graduate Ty Sparling, a Midway freshman guard, played seven minutes and missed both of his shot attempts but grabbed one offensive rebound. Sparling has played in all 12 games for the Eagles (4-8), averaging 2.5 points per game while gabbing 18 total rebounds with seven assists.

The Cougars remain on the road with a trip to Whiting to face off against Calumet College of St. Joseph on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Women fall in Kentucky

The Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball team suffered a low-scoring 65-58 loss at the hands of Midway University to drop the squad to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in RSC action.

Although the Cougars out-rebounded the Eagles 36-30, Midway’s defensive efforts were not lost as the Eagles posted four blocks and eight steals.

Whitney Williamson shot 6 for 12 on the day, including 2 for 4 from behind the arc, for a 15-point outing. Deja Felder also dropped in 15 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing three assists. Abby Scott added 11 points and Dejianna Butler captured a game-high 12 rebounds.

“We looked better as a team,” said IUK head coach Colie Trawick. “We just couldn’t find a way to get the result we wanted. Hoping we can turn the narrative around soon.”

The Lady Cougars return home to host Judson University on Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. before taking a short Holiday break.

Courtesy of Indiana University Kokomo

 

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